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Science Has Outgrown the Human Mind and Its Limited Capacities
April 24th, 2017, 12:16 PM
The duty of man who investigates the writings of scientists, if learning the truth is his goal, is to make himself an enemy of all that he reads and … attack it from every side. He should also suspect himself as he performs his critical examination of it, so that he may avoid falling into […]
Google Says Machine Learning Chips Make AI Faster and More Efficient
April 23rd, 2017, 12:16 PM
Google recently bared the inner workings of its dedicated machine learning chip, the TPU, marking the latest skirmish in the arms race for AI hardware supremacy. Shorthand for Tensor Processing Unit, the chip has been tailored for use with Google’s open-source machine learning library TensorFlow, and has been in use in Google’s data centers since […]
This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 22)
April 22nd, 2017, 12:16 PM
VIRTUAL REALITY Facebook's Bizarre VR App Is Exactly Why Zuck Bought Oculus  Peter Rubin | WIRED "When you launch Spaces from within your Oculus Rift headset, though, it logs into your Facebook account. The same one that you, along with nearly 2 billion other people on the planet, use on a regular basis. The same […]
Quantum Cryptography Is Unbreakable. So Is Human Ingenuity
April 20th, 2017, 12:16 PM
Two basic types of encryption schemes are used on the internet today. One, known as symmetric-key cryptography, follows the same pattern that people have been using to send secret messages for thousands of years. If Alice wants to send Bob a secret message, they start by getting together somewhere they can’t be overheard and agree […]
Neuroscientists Can Now Read Your Dreams With a Simple Brain Scan
April 19th, 2017, 12:16 PM
Like islands jutting out of a smooth ocean surface, dreams puncture our sleep with disjointed episodes of consciousness. How states of awareness emerge from a sleeping brain has long baffled scientists and philosophers alike. For decades, scientists have associated dreaming with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, a sleep stage in which the resting brain paradoxically […]
Gene Editing Might Change What Being Human Actually Means
April 18th, 2017, 12:16 PM
Attempts to distill the essence of “selfhood” have occupied philosophers for centuries. Consensus has been fleeting at best, but is likely to get even harder as genetic tools allow us to tweak our bodies and potentially our minds. DNA-based technology’s entry into the mainstream has been picking up lately. Just last week, the FDA approved […]
New Technology Brings Star Wars-Style Desert Moisture Farming a Step Closer
April 17th, 2017, 12:16 PM
Luke Skywalker wasn’t just a farmer. In the original 1977 Star Wars film, the lead character was desperate to leave his home planet of Tatooine, where his family farmed moisture from the atmosphere using devices called “vaporators." In the planet’s hot and dry desert landscape, moisture farming was an important activity for survival. But could […]
The Future of Food: To GMO or Not To GMO?
April 16th, 2017, 12:16 PM
An organic diet has never been more in style than it is right now, with millions of consumers willing to shell out extra dollars for organic foods. Most of us have a vague idea that organic is better because it’s more natural and free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and pesticides. But what does “natural” […]
This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 15)
April 15th, 2017, 12:16 PM
TRANSPORTATION Zunum's Hybrid Jet Could Finally Make Electric Flight a Reality Eric Adams | WIRED "As crazy as it sounds, the aviation industry finds itself fascinated by electric airplanes, which require less fuel and make less noise than conventional aircraft. So far, though, the technology remains hobbled by the limitations of battery technology." PRIVACY & […]
Will Tech-Driven Deflation Export Japan’s Economic Woes to the World?
April 14th, 2017, 12:16 PM
In the post-war years and into the 80s, no economy could match Japan’s for sheer speed and growth. Since then, however, Japan has struggled to overcome slower growth and stubborn deflation. The country’s struggling economy even seems to be defeating Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s once lauded ‘Abenomics’ stimulus program. Worse still, there doesn’t seem to be […]